Celia Kelley Collins: The Two John Kelleys, Part 9

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From the Norwalk Daily Reflector (Norwalk, Ohio), 11 Apr 1901:

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Argh. Another family obituary that doesn’t list siblings. One of these days I’m going to find an article that will mention John W. Kelley, so I can finally prove that Milan John and Champaign John are not the same.

While the obituary doesn’t mention the info I’m looking for, it does tell me a few other things.

  • Celia was only in Cincinnati for a year so I should look for her near Bellevue, Ohio, before 1900.
  • Celia’s daughter Anna was in Cincinnati in 1900. She married a Robertson.
  • Celia’s son John is still in the Bellevue/Milan/Norwalk area in 1901. He’s a suburban restaurant owner, and since the name of the restaurant isn’t mentioned, I’m thinking it’s the only restaurant around.
  • Celia’s son W. H. lived in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1901, so that’s probably where I’ll find him in the 1900 census.
  • Celia’s husband died in 1885 in Norwalk “by the cars.” Shiver. I’m not sure I want to know exactly what is meant by that, although I have an idea.

Celia was mentioned in the same newspaper the next day.

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A couple things interested me about this article. Berea is a suburb of Cleveland, about 60 miles from where the Collinses lived. Why would a reverend travel all that way to officiate the funeral? Why would a neighboring town care that he stayed?

Turns out he’d been the pastor at the Methodist church in Bellevue from the 1870s to the 1890s. A quick search of his last name in the Bellevue paper brought up his name a lot.

Sources for this post can be found here. Read the next part.